A new deal that ensures that older people are equal and full participants in Australia’s future and that allows them to enjoy their rights and responsibilities as citizens for their entire lifetime.
- A new deal means an end to ageism and age discrimination in all aspects of Australian society
- A new deal means access to quality health services for all older Australians
- A new deal means the participation of older Australians in the workforce as long as they want or need to
- A new deal means access to quality aged care services when and where they are needed
- A new deal means ensuring that older Australian can have a reasonable standard of living
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1.1 Develop and deliver a five year broad anti-ageism campaign.
1.2 Strengthen the Age Discrimination Act to ensure that it provides the same protections as the other antidiscrimination Acts.
1.3 Support the development of a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.
2.1 Establish a Parliamentary Inquiry which looks at why Medicare is no longer providing universal access and how it can be remodelled to improve health care access.
2.2 Implement more direct payments to primary health providers for managing people with chronic illness.
2.3 Deliver a five year national public education campaign around dying and palliative care that looks at what makes a good death and how people can make sure their wishes are respected.
2.4 Develop a new Commonwealth-State Palliative Care Agreement that includes a significant increase in palliative care funding to ensure all Australians receive good palliative care when and where they need it.
2.5 Harmonise State and Territory laws around advance care planning and end of life decisions to ensure people’s choices are respected.
2.6 Provide dedicated funding for older adult services in all future Commonwealth State agreements on mental health.
2.7 Improve training and education for health professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems for older people.
2.8 Support the service initiatives identified by Alzheimer’s Australia in their Election Manifesto 2013.1.
2.9 Provide an additional $40 million investment per year for dementia research to help identify its causes, help with early intervention and find new treatments.
2.10 Increase resources to improve health literacy across the community with specific measures for older people.
2.11 Develop and implement a Healthy Ageing strategy that encourages older people to change their lifestyle and addresses the key risk factors around alcohol, nutrition, tobacco and exercise.
3.1 Develop and deliver a National Mature Age Workforce Plan which would identify key activities and provide a framework for further initiatives.
3.2 A consultancy service to provide support for small and medium sized enterprises to restructure their workplaces to allow them to have a more diverse workforce.
3.3 Abolition of the upper age limits on personal contributions to superannuation.
4.1 End the current capped or rationed system and develop a system where the resources are directed to consumers’ needs. This could be a phased implementation starting, as with the roll out of Living Longer Living Better, with home care packages.
4.2 Undertake a study to determine the nature, and amount, of unmet demand.
4.3 Create a national aged care assessment framework and tools based on the reablement approach.
4.4 Establish a local physical presence for the My Aged Care Gateway.
4.5 Establish a strong and independent complaints process and strengthen and expand the powers of the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner.
4.6 Develop and implement a cohesive, rights based aged care advocacy program that holistically supports older people as they navigate and use the aged care system.
4.7 Develop and implement an elder abuse support and prevention program that informs consumers of their rights.
4.8 Develop and introduce initiatives that support older people to have choice in how they meet their aged care costs and live in accommodation that better meets their later life needs.
4.9 Specifically examine the introduction of a HECS type scheme for older people to borrow against the equity in their home to pay aged care service costs.
5.1 Increase Newstart by $50 per week for single recipients.
5.2 Increase the maximum rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 30 per cent.
5.3 Establish an Affordable Housing Growth Fund to provide 20,000 new low-income rental properties each year.
5.4 Expand the National Rental Affordability Scheme by 50,000 places.
| ||The income thresholds for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card will be indexed by the Consumer Price Index annually commencing in September 2014|
| ||Providing all eligible mature age job seekers with more intensive support as soon as they enter Job Services Australia system|
| ||Ensuring that all job seekers over 45 are able to access re¬training through their job service provider and are fully informed out their right to retraining funding|
| ||Hold an inquiry into why our job services are failing older Australians|
| ||Working across jurisdictions to implement changes to workers compensation and work-related insurances to remove legal barriers to employing older workers.|
|Removal of the upper age limit of 65 for access to NDIS when it is fully rolled out|
|Incentive of $250/fortnight for employers to take on an unemployed person over 50 and keep them for at least 6 months.|